A fitness blogger who gave up shaving more than a year ago has revealed why she decided to let her body hair grow out in an online video.

Morgan Mikenas last picked up a razor at the start of 2016 and now proudly shares photos of her natural leg and underarm hair on Instagram.

She has amassed more than 8000 followers on the social media site, where she also posts about her fitness routines alongside body-positive messages.

Morgan, who is also an aspiring musician, said her longer hair makes her feel sexy and that her boyfriend thinks she's beautiful.

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In a recent YouTube video she explained that she stopped shaving because she wanted to embrace her natural beauty and encouraged others to do the same.

In the clip, titled Why I Don't Shave, Morgan said: "I want to inspire others ... I guess my number one reason why I stopped was that it took so much time.

"It took so much of my time to just get in the shower and have to shave everything and then wash my hair and then wash my body ..."

"After I just kind of let it do its thing and grow out I started thinking 'Hey this is kind of nice'. It started getting super soft."

She continued: "I want everybody to not feel ashamed of themselves ... Why would I remove something that Mother Nature has put on our bodies and obviously intended for us to have?"

During the 12-minute video, Morgan repeatedly flashes her underarm hair to the camera.

She continued: "[Before] I would feel obligated to shave my legs to feel good and feel sexy. But not any more," adding, "My boyfriend likes it and he thinks that I look beautiful either way."

Before signing off, she also said: "I think it's unfair that people think they have to be in this culture norm. Just do whatever makes you feel good."